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Friday, 25 February 2011

State-of-the-art construction projects campus-wide nearing completion

The multi-million rand extensions and upgrades to various CPUT buildings, expected to add both prestige and value to the landscape of CPUT’s campuses, are drawing to an end. The Administration Building on the Bellville Campus, the Caledon Street Residence on the Cape Town Campus, and the Food and Technology Building on the Bellville Campus are already complete.

The new administration building's extensions will provide a number of very needed meeting rooms including a Senate Hall and the Council Chamber.  The extension also provides new office space for the Secretariat and archival space for the university.

Construction on the state-of-the-art R41m Food Technology Building was finished in October 2010 and the building is now widely considered the premier facility of its kind on the entire continent. The refurbished laboratories and classrooms now form part of a world-class training facility,  incorporating a 1500m2 Pilot Plant with 6 major processing areas. These include dairy, meat products, bakery, spray-drying, extrusion & milling, heat processing and an area for manufactured foods.

The Caledon Street Residence was developed by a private developer on CPUT- owned land. It was handed over for occupation at the end of January 2011 and will accommodate a total of 577 students. The basement has communal facilities for students and 190 undercover parking bays in a secured parking garage.

Meanwhile, work on the Administration Building in Bellville has allowed for the building of much-needed meeting rooms to hold a capacity of 20 to 50 people and a Senate Hall with a capacity of 140 people. A new Council Chamber, new office space for the Secretariat, and Archival space has also been created.

Also on Bellville campus, work on the Engineering Building, which will eventually house the Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and the Mechatronics Departments, is scheduled to be complete in May. According to Andriana Hornea of the Infrastructure Planning and Estates Department at CPUT, delays arose as a result of the contractor not being able to access the site because of examinations. The Matriculation marking process that took place at the CPUT Bellville Campus also caused hold-ups in construction. The project is within budget with total project cost allocation standing at R51 million.

The entrance to the new Engineering Building which will house the Mechanical-, Industrial Engineering and Mechatronics Departments.

Taljaard Van der Schyff of the Mechanical Engineering department said after its completion, the building will house about 1500 Mechanical Engineering and about 400 Industrial Engineering students. Some equipment from the Cape Town Campus has already been moved to Bellville and it will take a further two months to put all the equipment in its rightful place. Van der Schyff added that the new extensions will also cater for a Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Strengths and Material Laboratory, a 33-seater laboratory for Masters Students and a 50-seater laboratory for BTech projects. There will also be two areas set aside for Industrial Engineering laboratories and a separate office space for technicians.

The new 200 Bed Student Residence on Bellville campus is scheduled for completion in late April 2011. Hornea said, “The project is progressing well, and is within the budget of R40m. The roof is being erected and internal furnishings are well underway, while the procurement of furniture is being discussed with the residence management.”

This new 200 Bed Student Residence will be completed by the end of April.  The roof is currently being erected while internal furnishings are well underway.

Staying on Bellville campus, the ABC Building is also expected to be complete by the end of February 2011. Part of the consolidation process at CPUT, alterations to this building concern mainly extensions to the lecturing staff offices and amenities. The building will eventually be occupied by the Civil Engineering, Building Surveying, and Cartography Departments. The internal alterations on level two and level three of the Engineering Department on the Cape Town Campus, also part of the consolidation process, are being made to house the Retail Management, Public Management and the ICT Departments.

By:  Thami Nkwanyane

Written by CPUT News